Look, it’s been a good run, you’ve had 60 wonderful years with the ACC, but the landscape has changed. The ACC is at a critical juncture in it’s history where money buys your loyalty. You have to know that you are the least valuable school, probably the least valuable in all the current BCS conferences.
The Big 12, SEC and B1G Ten have been sniffing around and none are interested in you. If these other conferences take another school, all hell will break lose and the ACC as you know it will be finished. What we would like for you to do is take one for the team, fall on your sword for the ACC.
Without your mouth to feed, the ACC can get back down to a very workable 12 team football. Without your inclusion, the ACC may have less inventory, but the game quality will go up without your presence.
The ACC will have had to divide $240m a year with 14 members which comes out to $17.1m per member, with 12 each member will get $20m and this number is without the inclusion of Notre Dame and with what they will bring.
Without your presence, each member will receive a bigger slice of the money from the bowls.
Without your presence, game attendance across the conference will spike. Sorry, but alumni from FSU and else where are not driving 4 or more hours from their homes to watch another 52-0 beat down. Sorry, but your 30,000 seat capacity stadium is a financial loss to Clemson, FSU and others.
With your willing your cooperation, I will throw you a life raft. You get to stay in the ACC in all other sports except football. If you go to FBS Indy, we’ll guarantee you a home and home with Duke and another member every year and away games against 2 other ACC members.
When Notre Dame joins as a full member, we’ll take you back as a full member. When this stinking contract with ESPN ends, we’ll likely take you back as a full member.
If you make a big stink over your ousting, we’ll cut you out completely. We don’t need you, but you desperately need us.